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Some Tips to Enjoy Disease-Free Winter

With foggy mornings and chilly evenings at your doorstep, it is almost time to lock your doors, close your windows and turn your heaters on. It is that time of the year when you can read your favorite books and enjoy that freshly made hot cup of ginger tea or brewed coffee.

However, along with numerous joys, the season also brings diseases with it. If you think that the common cold is the only “common” disease in winters, then you are highly mistaken.

Let's find out the most common diseases in winter and how to prevent them:

Heart Attacks:

Most of us are unaware of the fact that winters is one of the prime seasons for heart attacks. As the temperature falls, the arteries become constricted making it difficult for the heart to pump the blood. Experts suggest, people over the age of 30 should avoid exhausting themselves in winter season. Instead of going for a walk in chilly mornings, shift it to a time when it is slightly sunny. Also, do not overeat food during winters and preferably eat in small quantities.

Asthma Attacks:

If you are an asthmatic, you would probably know that asthma attacks mostly happen during winters. The cold and dry air leads to tightening of airways and makes it even worse while breathing. Making some changes can surely be helpful. Keep your homes smoke free as smoke can travel even through closed doors. Wash all your bed covers at least once a week.

Itchy Skin:

One of the most common problems that people face during the winter is itchy skin. Cold temperature with low humidity result in winter itch. The best way to prevent yourself from itchy skin is to follow some of the remedies passed on by your grandmother. Avoid eating oily street food, apply almond, coconut or olive oil on your skin to avoid flakes and drink tea made with jaggery.

Joint Pain:

There is no scientific evidence to joint pains in winter season but there are many people who do suffer from the pain in winter. One of the most common remedies to get relief from joint pains is keeping yourselves and your feet warm. Also, wear two or three pairs of thin clothing instead of one pair of heavy warm clothes. Exercising is another way to get rid of all joint and muscle stiffness during winter time without overdoing it. Basking in the sun is also a great way to get rid of the joint aches.

Sinusitis:

Congestion, headaches, coughing, running nose as well as post nasal drip symptoms make people feel miserable during winters. Sinus problems occur when homes are closed and there is no proper ventilation. To stay clear of sinusitis this season, make sure you get enough rest, eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids to avoid catching a cold. Stay away from dust.

Winter is the season of snow, fun and celebration. Don't let yourself down with one of the diseases that keeps you away from experiencing the best of this season. Slight care and you can keep these diseases at bay to get most out of this season.

Wash your hands. In a world with public places teeming with contagious viruses and bacteria, our hands can be our greatest source of infection. We are always touching things with our hands and absentmindedly rubbing our eyes or putting food in our mouths which could be the introduction of an infection into our systems.

Avoid sick people. It is important to remember that people with illnesses are often highly contagious. Try to avoid dealing with sick people altogether, but if it must be done, at least remember to wash your hands afterwards.

Get plenty of sleep. Sleep allows your body to recharge and gives your immune system a chance to replenish after a long day of fighting off microscopic invaders. Failing to get enough sleep is setting your body up for easy access to infection.

Cut back on the alcohol. Drinking alcohol monopolizes the resources that your body should use to prevent infections.

Salt water has major benefits. Salt is a natural antibacterial agent. You can squirt salt water up your nose with a Neti Pot or use it to gargle. It cleans the bacteria-riddled mucus out of your nose and helps to fight respiratory infections.

Drink lots of water. Your body will function better if not starved for its most important molecule. Your body is made up of about 60% water and is constantly using water for all vital processes. Replenish your body’s water supply to help yourself run at maximum capacity.

Take vitamins and supplements. While many vitamins can be helpful supplements to your diet, Vitamin D is probably the most important, at least during the winter months. Vitamin D is absorbed into your body right from the sun’s rays, but in the winter months, more time is spent indoors than usual and supplements can help make up the difference.

Eat your fruits and veggies. This helps vary your diet and allows you to get the vitamins with which fruits and veggies are rich. Giving your body the tools to stay healthy is half the battle, and eating fruits and veggies certainly does this.

Try probiotics. These supplements contain live bacteria meant to balance the microflora (bacteria) in your digestive tract. By maintaining this balance, we leave ourselves less susceptible to infection.

Listen to your body. Your body will give you a warning when it’s beginning to succumb to an infection. Whether that warning is a headache, a bad mood or feeling uncharacteristically tired, respond to these warnings by making sure you are keeping up with all the other tips.

Homeopathic Treatment for Norovirus

Norovirus, sometimes known as the winter vomiting bug. The virus is highly contagious. It can affect people of all ages and causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause gastroenteritis (stomach flu) in people. Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines. Like all viral infections, noroviruses are not affected by treatment with antibiotics and cannot grow outside of a person’s body.

There's no specific cure for norovirus, so you have to let it run its course. It's usually mild and shouldn't last more than a couple of days.

The period from when you're infected to when you start to show symptoms (the incubation period) usually lasts between 12 and 48 hours. You may be infectious to other people during this time.

Although having norovirus can be unpleasant, it's not usually dangerous and most people make a full recovery within a couple of days without having to see their GP.

Symptoms of norovirus

The first sign of norovirus is usually suddenly feeling sick followed by forceful vomiting and watery diarrhoea.

Some people may also have:

  • a raised temperature (over 38°C/100.4°F)
  • headaches
  • painful stomach cramps
  • aching limbs

Symptoms usually appear one to two days after you become infected, but they can start sooner. Most people make a full recovery within a couple of days.

Apart from the risk of dehydration, norovirus isn't usually dangerous and there are no long-lasting effects from having the illness. However, it can be pretty unpleasant while you have it.

Dehydration

The main risk from norovirus is dehydration from your body losing water and salts from vomiting and diarrhoea.

Thirst is the first sign of dehydration. Other symptoms include:

  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • dry mouth, lips and eyes
  • dark, concentrated urine
  • only passing small amounts of urine (less than three to four times a day)

Mild dehydration is common and can easily be reversed by making sure you have plenty to drink.

The young and elderly are more at risk of becoming dehydrated. It's therefore very important that you seek medical attention immediately if you think your child or an elderly relative is becoming dehydrated.

What should I do?

If you have norovirus, follow the steps below to help ease your symptoms:

  • drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains
  • if you feel like eating, eat foods that are easy to digest
  • stay at home – don't go to see your GP because norovirus is contagious and there's nothing your GP can do while you have it
  • contact your GP to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness

Extra care should be taken to prevent babies and small children who have diarrhoea and vomiting from dehydrating by giving them plenty of fluids. Babies and young children can still drink milk.

Preventing norovirus spreading

Norovirus is easily spread. If an infected person doesn't wash their hands before handling food, they can pass the virus on to others. You can also catch it by touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

Follow the measures below to help prevent the virus spreading.

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food.
  • Don't share towels and flannels.
  • Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with the virus. It's best to use a bleach-based household cleaner.
  • Wash any items of clothing or bedding that could have become contaminated with the virus. Wash the items separately and on a hot wash to ensure that the virus is killed.
  • Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet and clean the surrounding toilet area.
  • Avoid eating raw, unwashed produce and only eat oysters from a reliable source. Oysters have been known to carry the norovirus.

Outbreaks of norovirus in public places, such as hospitals, nursing homes and schools, are common because the virus can survive for several days on surfaces or objects touched by an infected person.

If you have norovirus, you may continue to be infectious for a short period after your symptoms stop. You should therefore avoid preparing food and direct contact with others for at least 48 hours after your symptoms disappear.

If you have norovirus, avoid direct contact with other people and preparing food for others until at least 48 hours after your symptoms have disappeared. You may still be contagious, even though you no longer have sickness or diarrhoea.

Avoid visiting hospitals if you have had the typical symptoms of norovirus in the past 48 hours. Some hospitals may request you avoid visiting if you've had symptoms within the past 72 hours. Norovirus is more serious and even more easily spread among people who are already ill.

You may be asked to rearrange a medical appointment if you have had norovirus symptoms recently.

Homeopathy treatment for Common Cold

The common cold is the most frequent infection in all age groups. Children especially contract a lot of colds. Colds are caused by a viral infection that effects the respiratory system. Colds often respond well to homeopathic remedies which is a tremendous advantage over modern medicine which has no cure for the common cold. Homeopaths generally advise that a cold or two every year is not a bad thing, as it “cleans out” the system and hence, the adage: don’t cure a cold, let a cold cure you. Still others say that you never know what your “innocent/ordinary” cold might erupt into–a flu, a pneumonia? Consequently, if you see a clear remedy picture, you might be safer giving the remedy than risking what may be down the line. Jim Henson, creator of “Sesame Street”, died from a cold gone horribly wrong. If you are finding that you are having more than two colds a year it would be advised to seek help from a professional homeopath to strengthen your immune system. Homeopathy emphasises treating the underlying imbalance in the immune system rather than simply fighting the infection–although in the moment, fighting the infection may be the priority. Note that some of the remedies below say, “for the first stage of the cold”. So, don’t wait around to see what your cold is going to do, or you might miss the opportunity to give Aconite or Belladonna or some other first-stage remedy, which may have been your only chance to prescribe with confidence for the duration of the cold.

Everyone hates a cold. Even the mild ones are unpleasant while more severe colds cause us to take time from work or interfere with our family life.

These annoying colds are the bread-and-butter of many homoeopathic practices during the autumn-winter months yet few people realise how easy it would be for them to treat their own cold at home. To show how good homoeopathy is at managing the common cold, let’s look at just two studies:

One study of 499 children in 1999 showed that those children whose colds were treated with homoeopathy were more likely to feel and do better than those children whose colds had been treated conventionally. The homoeopathically treated children also had fewer complications, and their parents took significantly less sick-leave than the parents of those children treated with antibiotics.

Another 1994 study of 175 children at a University Hospital showed that those given a homoeopathic remedy had less symptoms and needed fewer antibiotics than those who had been given a placebo. They also went on to need fewer adenoidectomies.

To help you stop colds in their tracks with some simple measures, as well as with homeopathy, we have put together the following information for you:

  • The best ways to avoid a cold
  • The best self-help measures treat a cold
  • Homoeopathic remedies which will kiss them goodbye

For the brave and adventurous, we have also provided cutting edge information on how to help a cold with wet socks and peroxide. Just read down to, ‘Strange but True’ to try them out. Please enjoy and nip those sniffles in the bud.

Infection and Spread

Billions of colds happen every year, especially during the cooler autumn-winter months. They are caused by virus a which enters the body through the mucus membranes of the nose or eyes. Symptoms normally appear 2–3 days after exposure, at which time the person is then infectious to others.

Although the common cold is mostly regarded as a nuisance disease, it can lead to complications such as sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia.

Symptoms include:

  1. Sore throat
  2. Runny nose
  3. Sneezing
  4. Coughing

The disease usually progresses from one symptom to another until it has run its course over a 3 to 7 day period unless other opportunitistic bacterial infections take hold while the person is in a weakened state.

Avoiding the Common Cold

Wash your hands. Surprisingly, air-born viruses, coughed and sneezed by sick people, aren’t the main way colds are spread. They usually travel by skin to skin contact so shaking hands with someone with a cold, or coming into contact with something they have touched will transfer the virus. Wash your hands frequently when you’re around someone with a cold to reduce your risk of catching it.

Don’t rub your eyes or nose. Likewise avoid rubbing your eyes and nose, especially if you haven’t been able to wash your hands, as these are the two main points at which the virus enters your body.

Vitamin D helps the immune system respond to viruses and bacteria. It is manufactured in the skin when it is exposed to sun so make sure you get at least 30 minutes of being in the sunshine each day.

Make healthy lifestyle choices such as getting enough sleep, drinking pure water, and eating fresh and healthy food to build up resistance to coughs, colds and flu.

Be happy, don’t worry. Research has shown that a cheerful, optimistic outlook strengthens immunity. Not only that, but optimistic people who do catch a cold describe less symptoms than others. Laughter also releases endorphins which promote happiness and reduce the discomfort of a cold.

Ways to Treat the Common Cold Treatment

1. Practical Advice

Drink plenty of fluids. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses a day will thin the mucous and make it easier for your body to expel. Try drinking extra fluid with lemon juice, or turning it into a herbal tea for additional benefits (see below).

Go slow on the milk. Reduce, or stop, your consumption of dairy. Dairy stimulates the production of of mucous, especially in those who are sensitive to it, which in turn supports the growth of viruses and bacteria.

Rest is one of the most important things you can do when you’re sick. Illness is your body’s cry that it needs some time-out so listen and let it recover.

2. Stimulate that Immune System

Oysters are high in zinc, a mineral that is vital for immune function. It assist the helper T-cells of the immune system to recognise foreign invaders.

Yogurt and kefir contain micro-organisms called probiotics that increase the body’s white blood cells which protect against infections and harmful bacteria. Eat one to three serves every day.

Oregano is one of the best herbs for a cold. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory that contains phenolic acids, flavonoids and colour compounds that increase resistance and boosts immunity.

3. Control Infection

Lemon: When the body is sick it is usually too acidic. If you know this is the case with you (test your urine with a pH strip from the chemist), drink the juice of a lemon squeezed into a cup of water or tea every few hours. Even though lemons taste acidic, their juice helps to alkalinise the body once drunk.

Garlic is fantastic at treating sore throats and infections. Crush five cloves and mix with half a cup of honey. Let it sit for a couple of hours (it will become runny and thin) and take teaspoonfuls as needed. The same thing can be done with some onion rings. The concoctions taste a liot better than they sound!

Cinnamon is another natural antibiotic. It is rich in compounds that inhibit bacterial growth and strengthen resistance. Add it to your food or drinks to boost your immune system.

Turmeric contains an anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin, which has strong cold and flu fighting properties. Stir a teaspoon into a glass of water or use it in your cooking.

Cayenne pepper Take a teaspoon of pepper in a glass of water immediately you feel a cold or sore throat coming on. Its strong stimulatory effect can be enough to knock a cold out in the early stages.

4. Break up Mucus

Chicken soup, homemade from scratch (yum!), contains a natural amino acid called cysteine that thins the mucous, allowing you to expel it more easily.

Spices, especially the hotter ones used in curries, also thin mucus so it can be expelled easily. Ground fenugreek seed for example will cause your nose to run, as does chilli, black pepper, and other ‘hot’ seasonings.

5. Soothe those Symptoms

Honey and lemon soothe the mucous membranes of the throat and have an antibacterial effect – raw honey is best. Research shows that children who take a spoonful of honey before bed cough less and sleep better than those who take over-the-counter products for coughs and colds. Adding a little lemon to the honey will increase its anti-microbial effect. Honey and lemon can also be combined with hot water to make a soothing tea.

Ginger is a stimulant that will also warm you if you’re feeling chilled with your cold. It’s best used fresh rather than as a powder so peel and grate a small piece of ginger root and place in a cup of boiling water. Allowed it to steep for five minutes, sweeten with honey if desired and sip whenever needed.

Herbal teas such as oregano, sage and thyme also relieve the symptoms of a cold. Add a teaspoon of dried herb to a cup of boiling water and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and sweeten the liquid with honey if desired, then cool and store in the fridge. Take a teaspoon every hour as needed for a day or two.

Peppermint can clear blocked noses and sinuses. Enjoy it as a stimulating tea or add some teabags of it to your bath.

Vinegar can also ease congestion. Place some heated vinegar in a small bowl and gently inhale its vapours.

Treating Colds with Homeopathy

Treating yourself with homoeopathy for simple acute problems is easy aslong as you know how to choose the remedy that matches your symptoms. The common cold is the perfect opportunity for you to practice and become familiar with homeopathy. Unless you prefer to, there is no need for you to see a homoeopath first, and all remedies are safe for use with babies through to the elderly when used according to instructions.

To treat your cold, look through the remedies listed below to see which one matches your symptoms – then just take it. Instructions on how to dose, and how often. If there is no improvement by 3-4 doses just reassess your symptoms and choose another remedy.

Homeopathy treatment for cold sore

Cold sores are small blisters that develop on the lips or around the mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus and usually clear up without treatment within 7 to 10 days.

You will not have any symptoms when you first become infected with the herpes simplex virus. An outbreak of cold sores may happen some time later.
Cold sores often start with a tingling, itching or burning sensation around your mouth. Small fluid-filled sores will then appear, most commonly on the edges of your lower lip.

Having a cold sore is really a pain. They are unsightly and usually quite painful. Cold sores can interrupt our social lives. And they always seem to pop up at the worst moments.

Symptoms of cold sores

You will not usually have any symptoms when you first become infected with the herpes simplex virus (the primary infection).

An outbreak of cold sores may occur some time later and keep coming back (recurrent infection).

However, if the primary infection does cause symptoms, they can be quite severe.

Herpes simplex virus primary infection

In children

Symptoms of the primary infection are most likely to develop in children who are younger than five years old. Symptoms include:

  • swollen and irritated gums with small, painful sores in and around the mouth – this is known as herpes simplex gingivostomatitis
  • sore throat and swollen glands
  • producing more saliva than normal
  • high temperature (fever) of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above
  • dehydration (a lack of water in the body)
  • nausea (feeling sick)
  • headaches

Herpes simplex gingivostomatitis usually affects young children, but adults can also develop it. It can last between 7 and 14 days, with the sores taking up to three weeks to heal. However, gingivostomatitis does not usually recur after the primary infection.

In adults

Primary herpes simplex viruses are rare in adults, but the symptoms are similar to those experienced by children.

You will usually have a sore throat with or without swollen glands. You may also have bad breath (halitosis) and painful sores in and around your mouth. These can develop into ulcers with grey or yellow centres.

If you develop the herpes simplex virus at an early age, it may be triggered periodically in later life and can cause recurring bouts of cold sores. After the primary infection, the symptoms are usually reduced to just the cold sores themselves.

Recurrent infections (cold sores)

Recurrent infections usually last for less time and are less severe than the primary infection. The only symptom is an outbreak of cold sores, although you may also have swollen glands.

An outbreak of cold sores will usually start with a tingling, itching or burning sensation around your mouth. Small fluid-filled sores will then develop, usually on the edges of your lower lip.

If you have frequent recurrent infections, you may develop cold sores in the same place every time. They may grow in size and cause irritation and pain. Initially, they may ooze before crusting or scabbing over within 48 hours of the initial tingling sensation.

Most cold sores disappear within 7 to 10 days without treatment and usually heal without scarring.

Homeopathic treatment for cold sores

Homeopathic medicines boost the immune system and successfully prevent and treat herpes simplex infections. Once the immune system is stimulated cold sores recurrences do not occur. Homeopathic treatment is also safe, effective and with no side effects.

Homeopathy Treatment for Enlarged Tonsils (Tonsillitis)

The tonsils are lymph nodes in the back of the mouth and top of the throat. They normally help to filter out bacteria and other microorganisms to prevent infection in the body. They may become so overwhelmed by bacterial or viral infection that they swell and become inflamed, causing tonsillitis. The infection may also be present in the throat and surrounding areas, causing pharyngitis.

Tonsillitis is extremely common, particularly in children.

Now days, many children in the society are affected by tonsillitis, as there is a wonderful treatment for Tonsillitis in homoeopathy surgery is not necessary and advisable now a days because, Tonsils are the “police man” of the throat. It is like a policeman, which guards against infective organism from being invading the body or being localized and cause inflammation in tonsils so it is called as “Tonsillitis”. Moreover Tonsillitis being lymphoid tissues which gives immunity to the body. It produces lymphocytes which are called as an “Antibody” which fight against infective organism and guards the body free from infection.

TONSILS- TYPES

Tonsils are divided into four types they are

  1. Acute Tonsils
  2. Chronic Tonsils
  3. Septic Tonsils and
  4. Enlarged Tonsils

Symptoms of Enlarged Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is an infection in one or both tonsils. One sign is swelling of the tonsils.

Other signs or symptoms are:

  • Redder than normal tonsils
  • A white or yellow coating on the tonsils
  • A slight voice change due to swelling
  • Sore throat
  • Uncomfortable or painful swallowing
  • Swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the neck
  • Fever
  • Bad breath
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Snoring when asleep
  • Talking with a ’blocked nose’ sound
  • The inability to pronounce certain consonants, including ’m’ and ’n’
  • Dry and sore throat because of breathing through the mouth
  • Yellow or green mucous coming from the nose.

1. Sore throat: Pain in the throat is the most common presentation. However, young babies may not present with the pain but may present with an inability to eat.

2. Dysphagia: That is difficult swallowing. This may either be due to pain or due to huge increase in the size of the tonsils due to frequent inflammation.

3. Fever: Acute infection of the tonsils may present with moderate to high rise in body temperature. In case of septic foci on the tonsils, there may be fever with chills.

4. Apnoea: Sleep apnoea, a disturbed sleep disorder may occur due to an obstruction to the air passage due to heavily enlarged tonsils or adenoids. However, it is interesting to note that most children with sleep apnoea do not recover of this disorder after the removal of the tonsils. (This is because, in many cases, there are associated causes for apnoea, such as obesity, adenoids, small jaw, bony skull deformity (congenital), neuromuscular disorder, etc.)

5. Snoring: Due to obstructed air passage caused by the enlarged tonsils, snoring may be one of the symptoms in many children suffering from recurrent tonsillitis.

6. General symptoms:
Tonsillitis may be associated with
1. General fatigue
2. Tired feeling, body ache
3. Loss of appetite
4. Low energy level
5. Headache, etc.

7. On examination: The attending doctor may have a look at the throat with a torch to find inflamed, red, congested tonsils. There may be visible septic foci (small pus pockets). Externally, one may palpate enlarged and mildly painful neck glands, indicating some more lymph glands in the neighbourhood.

Because adenoids are located near the opening of the Eustachian tubes, inflammation or enlargement of the adenoids may block the tubes, thereby contributing to middle ear infections.

Symptoms of tonsillitis include a sore throat, (which may be experienced as referred pain to the ears), painful/difficult swallowing, coughing, headache, myalgia (muscle aches), fever and chills. Tonsillitis is characterized by signs of red, swollen tonsils which may have a purulent coating of white patches (i.e. pus). Swelling of the eyes, face, and neck may occur.

It is also important to understand that symptoms will be experienced differently for each person. Cases that are caused by bacteria are often followed by skin rash and a flushed face. Tonsillitis that is caused by a virus will develop symptoms that are flu-like such as runny nose or aches and pains throughout the body.

Acute tonsillitis is caused by both bacteria and viruses and will be accompanied by symptoms of ear pain when swallowing, bad breath, and drooling along with sore throat and fever. In this case, the surface of the tonsil may be bright red or have a grayish-white coating, while the lymph nodes in the neck may be swollen. The most common form of acute tonsillitis is strep throat, which can be followed by symptoms of skin rash, pneumonia, and ear infection. Extreme tiredness and malaise are also experienced with this condition with the enlargement of the lymph nodes and adenoids.

Chronic tonsillitis is a persistent infection in the tonsils. Since this infection is repetitive, crypts or pockets can form in the tonsils where bacteria can store. Frequently, small, foul smelling stones (tonsilloliths) are found within these crypts that are made of high quantities of sulfur. These stones cause a symptom of a full throat or a throat that has something caught in the back. A foul breath that is characterized by the smell of rotten eggs (because of the sulfur) is also a symptom of this condition. Other symptoms that can be caused by tonsillitis that are not normally associated with it include snoring and disturbed sleep patterns. These conditions develop as the tonsils enlarge and begin to obstruct other areas of the throat. A person’s voice is generally affected by this type of illness and changes in the tone of voice a person normally has.

Below are the most common infectious agents causing tonsillitis & pharyngitis. Infection if spreads to the adenoids leads to adenoiditis.

Causes

Viruses:

  • Adenovirus
  • Influenza virus
  • Epstein-Barr virus H
  • Herpes simplex virus

Bacteria:

  • Group A ß - hemolytic streptococci (GABHS
  • Neisseria gonorrhea
  • Haemophilus influenzae Type B
  • Mycoplasma

Homeopathic Treatment for Enlarged tonsillitis:

Homeopathic treatment is often an excellent alternative to the surgical removal of the adenoids because adenoids are believed to play role in immune system activity.

Homeopathy Treatment for Sprains and Strains Injuries

Homeopathic remedies are often very useful for soothing pain and promoting healing. A homeopathic first-aid kit is welcome when accidental falls or head-bumps, fingertips shut in doors, scraped knees, a burn on the stove, a twisted ankle, or any number of minor mishaps occur. Remedies may also be used preventively for “expected” injuries that come from dental work or surgery, as well as sports-related bruising, or occupational injuries from strenuous or extensive injuries, to help control bleeding and tissue damage, relieve discomfit, and encourage healing. Any serious injury should have the care of a physician.

Sprains and strains are usually minor injuries that are often occur during sports, exercise, or other physical activity.

A sprain is an injury to a ligament, the tissue that links bones together at joints. Sprains happen most often in the ankle, knee, elbow, or wrist.

Strains are tears in muscle tissue. They happen most often in the muscles that support the calf, thigh, groin, and shoulder.

Sometimes sprains and strains can be severe, needing weeks of rehabilitation.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of strains include:

  • Muscle stiffness, tenderness, or soreness
  • Swelling

Symptoms of sprains include:

  • Pain at the time of injury
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

The joint may be unstable or you may not be able to use the affected part of your body if the injury is serious, involving a muscle or ligament tear.

What Causes It?

Sprains generally happen when a twisting force is applied to a joint while it is bearing weight, which causes the ligament to stretch beyond its usual limit. Sprains tend to happen with sudden, unexpected movement, like a fall or a twist.

Muscle strains happen when the weight on a muscle is greater than the weakest part of the muscle can bear. Strains tend to happen during activities that require your muscles to stretch and bear weight at the same time. Being injured before or having limited flexibility may contribute to sprains. You are at risk for a sprain or strain if you:

  • Exercise without warming up properly
  • Use athletic equipment that does not fit properly
  • Participate in sports and activities that you are not conditioned for
  • Exercise when bones and muscles are fatigued

Homeopathy treatment for Sinusitis

COME winter and it is time for all the cold-related illnesses. Sinusitis happens to be one of them. Although its occurrence is not always related to cold and can happen any time of the year, for those who are sensitive to the least chill in the air, sinusitis may be just round the corner. Homeopathic treatment can be of great help to those who suffer from sinusitis often during winter.

Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses (hollow spaces) in our skull. These hollow spaces are linked to the nose from inside. The anatomical presence of these cavities makes our skull light for our neck to bear it. Sinuses also provide the resonance to our tone when we speak. So, the presence of the sinuses is not a problem but it is their inflammation (sinusitis) that causes distress. Inflammation can be acute, recurrent or of chronic nature.

Sinuses are four sets of hollow spaces in our skull. They are situated in cheek bones, forehead, behind the bridge of the nose and between the eyes and yet another set is situated in the upper region of the nose and behind the eyes. All of these sinuses have the same lining that is present in our nose. This lining produces mucus which is drained out of these sinuses through an opening in the nose. During an attack of cold or allergies (mucous membranes start producing more mucus during cold, etc.) swelling in the nose and sinuses can cause the drainage from the sinuses to get blocked. This blockage leads to the trapping of mucus in the sinuses resulting in the growth of bacteria and viruses.

What is a sinus?

A sinus is a hollow, air-filled cavity. Humans have four pair of these cavities each referred to as the:

  • frontal sinus (in forehead),
  • maxillary sinus (behind cheeks),
  • ethmoid sinus (between the eyes), and
  • sphenoid sinus (deep behind the eyes)

Each sinus has an opening into the nose for free exchange of air and mucus.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis occurs when your sinuses get inflamed. The inflammation is often due to an infection, caused by a virus, bacteria, or fungus. The sinus infection causes intermittent blockage of the sinus opening.

Sinusitis can be acute (going on less than four weeks), subacute (4-8 weeks) or chronic (going on for 8 weeks or more).

Types of Sinuses

  • Maxillary Sinuses: These are the largest sinuses that are situated beneath the eyes. They are linked to the nasal passage in a particular position that can make drainage difficult. Untreated cold and allergy can easily distress these sinuses especially in children, causing pressure below the eyes, pain in the cheeks, gums, teeth and upper jaw.
  • Ethmoidal Sinuses: These sinuses are located between the eyes. When irritated these sinuses cause pain between and behind the eyes, with blockage of nose and sensitivity to light. Diving, swimming or riding in cold wind may provoke inflammation of these sinuses.
  • Frontal Sinuses: These sinuses are positioned in the forehead. When inflamed they can get tender and trigger pain in the forehead with heaviness and puffiness above the eyes particularly in older people.
  • Sphenoidal Sinuses: These sinuses are placed in the midline of the skull, behind the nose and on swelling can cause pain all over the head.

Causes of Sinusitis

  • Frequent colds
  • Rapid change in temperature
  • Excessive blowing of the nose
  • Change in pressure in an airplane or while swimming
  • Nasal allergies
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal septum deviation
  • Large adenoids and tonsils
  • Abscessed or inflamed tooth
  • Fungal, viral or bacterial infections
  • Injury to nose or facial bones
  • Asthma

What are the symptoms of acute sinusitis?

The symptoms of acute sinusitis include:

  • Runny and stuffy nose
  • Pain and pressure in the face and head
  • Puffiness around the eyes
  • Yellow or green discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Wet cough
  • Bad breath
  • Nasal speech
  • Fever
  • Toothache and jaw pain
  • Reduced sense of taste or smell
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Neck stiffness
  • Depression

Acute sinusitis may also include some additional symptoms, such as fever, bad breath or toothache.

Homeopathic Approach to Sinusitis

Homeopathy is strongly indicated in all cases of sinusitis. Homeopathic treatment en routes for rejuvenating one’s immunity towards such attacks. A constitutional homeopathic treatment can completely cure the recurrence of this disease. Homeopathic remedies facilitate drainage of mucus relieving sinus congestion, reduces inflammation in the sinuses, relieve pain and pressure by clearing the infection. It also prevents the formation of scar tissue and avoids permanent damage to the tissues lining the nose and sinuses. The constitutional approach enhances the vitality of the patient and eliminates the entire allergic predisposition hence impeding recurrent infections. Homeopathic treatment is safe and effective for both children and adults. Homeopathy can be an exceptionally successful approach in decreasing susceptibility in acute and chronic infections, as well as in treating the infection itself. The homeopathic constitutional approach always considers the illness in the context of the whole person taking into account the mental, emotional, physical symptoms and the circumstances surrounding their lives. Its purpose is balance and harmony on all levels by enhancing the body’s own defenses. Homeopathic remedies are natural, gentle, safe and easy to take, are regulated by the FDA and prepared according to the homeopathic pharmacopeia of the United States.

Self Care Measures

  • Manage your allergies and keep away from known allergens.
  • Avoid exposure to cold air.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Steam inhalation.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Use appropriate hygiene measures and avoid contact with people who have colds and other viral upper respiratory infections.
  • Avoid cigarette smoke in your home and workplace.
  • Consider using a humidifier.
  • Use saltwater nasal washes to help keep the nasal passages open and wash out mucus and bacteria.
  • Warm salt water gargles.
  • Avoid blowing your nose as this may force thick mucus back into your sinuses and block them.
  • Walk in open air.

Hence, discover a natural way to cure sinus infection by considering homeopathy. Recuperate the radiance of good health and breathe freely through your nose again with the help of homeopathic treatment.

Homeopathy Treatment for Sciatica

Sciatica is a type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve which extends from the lower back down the back of each leg. The basic cause for irritation of the sciatica nerve is compression which usually results from herniated and degenerated discs. The pain can be very severe and can seldom make you immobile.

Though sciatica pain can resolve within a few days most individuals chronically suffer due to progression of the causative factors. Chronic pains usually leads to abuse of pain killers which often fail to guarantee any relief.

Homeopathy can be of great help in managing this pain as well as relieve pressure and irritation on the sciatica nerve. Chronic backache and stiffness can also be ameliorated and the need for painkillers and anti-spasmodics reduced considerable. After treatment, most individuals find it easier to live with this problem by experiencing a significant reduction in the intensity of pain and frequency of relapses.

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Symptoms of Sciatica

Sciatica is a type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve which extends from the lower back down the back of each leg.

  • Pain extending from the lower back down to the back of leg
  • Pain usually affects one leg but may be present bilaterally
  • Pain, burning or tingling sensation down the leg
  • Pain may extend down to the foot and toes
  • Sensation of numbness down the rear of the affected leg
  • Weakness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • A constant pain or heaviness on one side of the rear
  • A shooting pain on rising

Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica pain is caused due to irritation of the sciatica nerve. Commonly, the following conditions cause this leading to pressure, pinching or irritation of the nerve.

  • Herniated disc or slip disc: The herniation leads to sciatic nerve irritation
  • Degenerative disc disease: Decrease in thickness of the vertebral discs leads to pressure on the nerve
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Other causes of lower back strain: Pregnancy, being overweight and sleeping on a soft mattress

Homeopathy Treatment

Sciatica nerve pain is caused by a combination of pressure and inflammation on the nerve root, and treatment is centered on relieving both of these factors.

Typically, the treatment offered at HRD involves the following:

  • Prescribing purely Homeopathic medicines (No Steroids or NSAIDS) which have a specific action on relieving nerve inflammation
  • Prescribing essential Biochemic remedies (Minerals) which prevent further disc degeneration and bone damage. Biochemic medicines are made from Calcium, Magnesium etc.

HRD patients typically experience the following benefits:

  • Relief in pressure and inflammation of the affected nerve
  • Relief in pain associated with sciatica and disc herniation
  • Relief in lower backache and stiffness of associated muscles
  • Improvement in the ability to function as normally as possible
  • Provide essential minerals required for disc, nerve and bone health

Homeopathy Treatment for Renal Stones

Kidney stones or Renal calculi, are solid pieces of material that forms in the kidney out of substances in the urine. They are composed mostly of calcium oxalate. A stone may stay in the kidney or break loose and travel down the urinary tract. It is a painful condition.

Different types of kidney stones occur in different parts of the world, and dietary factors probably play a part in determining the varying patterns. There are four major types of kidney stones. The most common type of stone contains calcium. A struvite stone may form after an infection in the urinary system. These stones contain the mineral magnesium and the waste product ammonia. A uric acid stone may form when there is too much acid in the urine. If you tend to form uric acid stones, you may need to cut back on the amount of meat you eat. Cystine stones are rare. Cystine is one of the building blocks that make up muscles, nerves, and other parts of the body. Cystine can build up in the urine to form a stone. The disease that causes cystine stones runs in families.

Signs of Kidney Stones

The most common complaint arising from kidney stone (Renal Calculus; Plural - Calculi) is intermittent dull pain in the loin or back, increased by movement. Sometimes this pain is very severe. Following may be the other complaints:

  • Extreme pain in back or side
  • Blood in urine
  • Fever and chills
  • Vomiting
  • A burning feeling when you urinate

Types of Renal Stones

Basically the renal stones can be divided into two major groups

  1. Primary stones
  2. Secondary stones.

PRIMARY STONES

They appear in apparently healthy urinary tract without any antecedent inflammation.

  • Calcium oxalate.
  • Uric acid calculi.
  • Cystine calculi.
  • Xanthine calculi.
  • Indigo calculi.

SECONDARY STONES

They are usually formed as the result of inflammation.

  • Triple phosphate calculus.
  • Mixed stones.

Causes of Kidney Stones

Infection or obstruction may play a part in kidney stone formation. Sometimes they occur when the level of blood calcium is abnormally high. Occasionally, stones may develop when the blood level of uric acid is too high, usually from over consumption of meat. Excessive dietary intake of calcium and oxalate and low fluid intake have also been associated with formation of stones. In most cases, however the cause is not known. It has been found that certain persons are having a tendency of forming recurrent urinary stones. Even after treating successfully once, they tend to form stones again and again.

Homeopathic Treatment of Kidney Stones

Kidney Stones, acute as well as chronic, can be effectively treated with Homeopathic Medicines. Homeopathic treatment can avoid surgery in many cases. It is highly recommended in cases where tendency of having recurrent stones is there. Patient’s case history is studied in detail and a well selected homeopathic medicine is given which removes this tendency from patient’s body so that he does not have any more stones again. It has especially proved very helpful in cases of stones where surgery or other procedure is not advisable due to various reasons. All homeopathic medicines are safe, natural, easy to administer and without any adverse effects.

Homeopathy Treatment for Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)

Is the condition of having an abnormally low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) of no known cause. Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is a bleeding disorder in which the immune system destroys platelets, which are necessary for normal blood clotting.

ITP is an auto-immune disorder of the platelets (blood cells) leading to increased bleeding and bruising on the body. It is also referred as immune thrombocytopenic purpura.

Platelets are blood components found in blood along with red blood cells and white blood cells. Platelets are also called as thrombocytes. They are produced in the bone marrow. Platelets help in clotting of the blood. The normal range of platelets in a healthy person is from 150000 to 450000 per cubic millimeter. A person with ITP has platelet count as low as 20000 or less.

It is more common in children than in adults. Usually women are more likely to develop ITP.

ITP can be classified into two types:

  1. Acute ITP- Children are more prone to suffer from acute ITP especially following a viral infection. It is usually self-limiting immune response of the body and the child is fine within 2-6 months without requiring any treatment.
  2. Chronic ITP- ITP which is present for 6 months or longer is termed as chronic ITP. This form of ITP is more common in adults. It can trigger after a viral infection, with use of certain drugs, during pregnancy or due to the auto-immune response of the body.

Causes of ITP

As the name suggests, it is idiopathic i.e. of unknown cause. There is an auto-immune reaction in the body by which antibodies are formed against platelets. These antibodies get attached to the platelets and flow in the blood stream. Spleen, which protects the body from infection, identifies these antibodies attached with platelets as abnormal and destroys them. As a result the platelet count gets low which results in easy bleeding and bruising on the body.

Signs and Symptoms of ITP

Generally, an individual with ITP may be symptom free. But when the platelet count gets significantly low, the signs and symptoms observed are:

  1. Pin point bleeding spots (petechiae) on skin
  2. Easy bruising (purpura) on the skin and mucous membranes
  3. Bleeding from nose
  4. Bleeding from gums
  5. Heavy menstruation
  6. Prolonged bleeding from cuts or injuries
  7. Fatigue
  8. Significant bleeding can lead to hematoma; lumps of blood under the skin

When the platelet count goes below 5000, than there are possibilities of bleeding in the brain and other internal organs.

Homeopathic treatment for Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
(ITP):

The homeopathic approach to treat ITP is aimed at addressing the immune system, which is affected in this disease condition. The mechanism of action of homeopathic medicines is not understood. However, it is a common experience that homeopathy works in the cases of ITP. Homeopathy is strongly suggested as a supportive therapy. At Life Force, we have documented several cases of ITP with substantial results.

Homeopathy Treatment for Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection)

An ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear. It is the most common viral or bacterial infection in infants and children. Three out of four children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday.

There are several reasons why earaches are so common in children. In childhood Eustachian tubes are narrower and shorter than those of adults. Child`s immune system isn`t functioning properly because it is still developing.

Otitis media is the most common viral or bacterial infection in infants and children that produces pus, fluid, and inflammation (swelling) in the area behind the eardrum (tympanic membrane) in the chamber called the middle ear. The Eustachian tubes, also called the auditory canals are tubes that connect the inner ear to the nose and throat, are not fully formed in children. As a result, fluid in the ear cannot drain properly into the nose as it does in adults. When the fluid builds up, it causes pressure, pain, and inflammation on the eardrum hence providing a good environment for bacteria to grow, resulting in an infection. Normally by age seven, the auditory canal becomes large enough to allow good drainage, and most children stop having ear infections at that age.

Types of Ear Infections

  • Acute Otitis media: starts as inflammation of the middle ear with fluid and mucus trapped inside the ear, resulting into pain. It is often preceded by upper respiratory symptoms.
  • Otitis media with effusion: begins as acute otitis media, but the collection of fluid and mucus continues in the ear for 6 weeks or longer after the infection is over. This occurs when the Eustachian tube is not functioning enough to ventilate the ear, this makes it harder for the ear to fight new infections. This fluid can also affect your child’s hearing.
  • Chronic Otitis media: where the infection persists and can cause ongoing damage to the middle ear and eardrum. This is not as painful as acute otitis media, but it can last for longer and the infection can occur repeatedly. Chronic otitis media can also be caused by a condition called cholesteatoma, which is a benign growth of skin in the middle ear behind the eardrum.

Symptoms of Ear Infections

  • Ear pain or a sensation of pressure in the ear
  • Pulling or scratching at the ear in infants
  • Irritability, fussiness
  • Difficulty sleeping, feeding, hearing
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Upper respiratory infections like runny or stuffy nose, cough
  • Ear drainage – yellow, white or blood tinged draining from ear which is not earwax
  • Hearing loss
  • Rupture of eardrum

Common Risk Factors That Effects Susceptibility to Ear Infections

  • Infants and young children are more likely to get ear infections than older children.
  • Upper respiratory infections.
  • Poor immune system.
  • Children that spend more time in a daycare setting, where they are exposed to more bacteria.
  • Children exposed to cigarette smoke.
  • Babies who are bottle fed while they are lying down, as certain feeding position blocks the Eustachian tubes.
  • Some medical conditions such as Down syndrome, cleft palate, and allergies are associated with frequent ear infections.

Complications

  • Complications of ear infections are less common for acute infections. For an untreated chronic ear infections, the following complications may occur:
  • An infection of the inner ear that causes dizziness and imbalance.
  • An infection of the skull behind the ear.
  • Scarring or thickening of the eardrum.
  • Loss of feeling or movement in the face (facial paralysis).
  • Problems with speech and language development. During the first three years when children have the most problems with otitis media, they are learning to speak and understand words. Children learn to do this by interacting with people around them. It may be harder to hear and understand speech if sound is muffled by fluid in the middle ear.
  • Permanent hearing loss.

Homeopathic Approach to Ear Infections

Many homeopathic medicines are used to successfully eliminate recurrent otitis media. Like vaccines, homeopathic medicines can challenge the immune system and successfully prevent and treat various infections, leading to stronger and healthier individuals who do not get severely or recurrently ill. Another advantage of using homeopathic medicines in treating various conditions is that it can be prescribed even before a definitive diagnosis has been made. This is because homeopathic medicines are prescribed based on the totality of symptoms by looking at the person holistically, that is, mind, body and emotion together and hence laboratory work is not always required to find the correct medicine.

Antibiotics are only helpful in certain bacterial infections, and since viral diseases are particularly common amongst children, conventional medicine often offers little help. Homeopathy differs from conventional medicine in that it doesn't focus on treating ear infections as a separate problem but instead treats the child as a whole. This same child who has ear infections may also have other physical or emotional symptoms. They have a certain type of personality, certain likes and dislikes and many other things that make them a unique person. All of this information helps in choosing the right homeopathic remedy which matches the whole pattern of symptoms. This one right homeopathic remedy will help bring your child back into balance and allow their body to heal itself by strengthening the overall health of the child. Once the immune system is stimulated your child's health improves, the ear infections and other problems will permanently go away. Homeopathic treatment is also very safe, natural, provides no side effects and is also regulated by FDA.

Helpful Tips

  • Along with homeopathic medicines some home precautions can help heal ear infections faster.
  • Keep your child well hydrated
  • Eliminate dairy foods which thicken and increase mucus, making it more difficult for an infected ear to drain.
  • To promote drainage prop your child at a 30 degree angle, this will help reduce pain too.
  • Apply cold or warm compresses, depending on what your child is comfortable with.
  • Never use instruments or cotton tipped applicators to clean the ears.
  • If your child has an ear infection, avoid taking him on airplanes as it will make him very uncomfortable. Air travel does not injure the ear or increase your child's risk of developing an ear infection, but the change of air pressure in the cabin on takeoff and landing can increase the pain.

What is the homeopathic treatment for recurrent middle ear infections?

Homeopathic medicines boost the immune system and successfully prevent and treat infections. Once the immune system is stimulated your child’s health will improve and the ear infections and other problems will permanently go away. Homeopathic treatment is also very safe, effective and with no side effects.

Homeopathy does not focus on treating ear infections as a separate problem but instead treats the child as a whole. This same child who has ear infections may also have other physical or emotional symptoms. The homeopathic medicine that will be prescribed to your child will match the whole pattern of his symptoms and will strengthen his overall health.

Many homeopathic medicines are used to successfully treat ear infections.

Homeopathy Treatment for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by a decrease in bone density. Bones become weak and brittle.
A common result of osteoporosis is fractures. Osteoporosis rarely causes signs or symptoms until it’s advanced.

Signs and symptoms of osteoporosis include:

  • Back pain
  • Loss of height over time
  • A stooped posture
  • Fracture of the vertebra, wrist, hip or other bone

Risk factors:

Factors that can increase the risk of developing osteoporosis include:

  • gender - being female
  • age - the older you are, the greater the risk
  • menopause or amenorrhea
  • family history
  • frame size - men and women with small body frames
  • medications - steroids
  • low calcium intake
  • weight loss
  • tobacco use
  • sedentary lifestyle

Homeopathic Medicines for Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis

A number of homeopathic medicines are available to help slow bone loss and maintain bone mass. They do not have the side effects of the commonly used bisphosphonates.

Homeopathy is most effective for prevention of osteoporosis and treatment of mild osteoporosis. In advanced osteoporosis homeopathy can be added to the conventional drugs.
The most commonly prescribed medicines include Silicea, Calcarea carbonica, Calcarea phosphorica, Calcarea fluorica, Phosphorus and Natrum muriaticum. They improve calcium and phosphorus metabolism and are generally given as a long-term treatment.

French and Czech teams`reported beneficial effects of a complex homeopathic medicine Osteocynesine in osteoporosis in menopausal women. Women got bone density tests before and after 3- and 6-month treatment with Osteocynesine that contains homeopathic dilutions of Calcarea carbonica, Calcarea phosphorica, Calcarea fluorica and Sulphur iodatum. The follow-ups showed increase of bone density.

In my experience Osteocynesine slows bone loss and maintains bone density in female patients with postmenopausal or steroid osteoporosis when given as a long-term treatment 1-2 tablets 3 times a day. In advanced osteoporosis, I add it to the conventional treatment of the patient.

Three factors essential for keeping your bones healthy throughout your life are:

  • Adequate amounts of calcium
  • Adequate amounts of vitamin D
  • Regular exercise

Long-term treatment with calcium supplements is not recommended because some patients develop bone spurs, kidney and gall bladder stones due to calcium deposits.

Homeopathy Treatment for Nose Bleed (Epistaxis)

The inside of the nose (particularly the anterior frontal part) is covered with moist, delicate tissue (mucosa) that has a rich supply of blood vessels/tissues. These blood vessels or capillaries are quite delicate and close to the surface to their maximise efficiency to moderate the temperature of each breath of air so that it is just right for the head and the lungs. When this vascular tissue is injured or the cells are ruptured as a result of trauma, even as a result of something apparently minor, the capillary blood vessels bleed, sometimes heavily. Occasionally nose bleeds are spontaneous but regardless of how they are caused they can be embarrassing and distressful even though life threatening situations are extremely rare in the case of anterior nose bleeds.

Are there different types of nose bleed?

1. Anterior Nose Bleeds

These are from the front of the nose and are most common representing about 90% of epistaxic (nose bleed) situations. The most frequent location is the nasal septum which is the wall between the two nostrils. In most cases, this type of nosebleed is not serious. It usually can be stopped with some local pressure and a little patience.

Reasons for Anterior Nose Bleed

(i) Dry mucous membranes
This is the main cause for anterior nose bleeds caused by:

  • a hot climate or
  • hot stuffy indoor atmosphere

(ii) Infection and/or Allergies
Which results in nasal inflammation and congestion causing blood vessels to widen (dilate), thus making them more vulnerable to injury. Nosebleeds occur most often in autumn/winter when upper respiratory infections which leave noses crusty and dried out are most common.

(iii) Nose picking
Which results in rupture of the mucosal lining.

(iv) Strenuous nose blowing
Producing ruptured vascular tissue as a result of a head cold.

(v) Medications & Supplements
Including aspirin, ibuprofen, clopidogrel bisulfate (Plavix) or warfarin (Coumadin). Additionally some herbal remedies including Danshen, Dong quai, Feverfew, Garlic, Ginger, Ginko biloba, Ginseng, vitamin E and Omega 3 (fish oil) all of which exhibit blood thinning characteristics. If any these (or similar alternatives) have been prescribed you need to contact your physician and discuss the possibility of stopping them at least for a short period.

(vi) Exposure to Chemicals and/or fumes
Which damage the nasal lining. The principle culprit here is secondhand cigarette smoke but nosebleeds can develop from on-the-job exposure to sulfuric acid, ammonia, gasoline or other chemical irritants.

(vii) Hot Liquids & Showers
Drinking hot soup and beverages as well as hot water showers to the head can also result in undesirable blood vessel dilation.

(viii) Constipation
Resulting in undue straining during bowel movements.

2. Posterior Nose Bleeds

These come from deep at the rear of the nose and are characterised by a blood flow down the throat and mouth even when the person is sitting. They occur usually in older people over 60 years and are more severe and can be difficult to control and stop. With age, arteries and blood vessels loose their elasticity and flexibility. Atherosclerosis as a consequence of high blood pressure damages arteries by scaring. These factors can hamper the contracting and retracting of an artery causing rupture and posterior nosebleed to persist. A posterior nose bleed can be life-threatening.

Reasons for Posterior Nose Bleed (in addition to those for Anterior Bleeds)

(i) Medical Condition
Examples include kidney failure, thrombocytopenia (low platelet levels needed for clotting), haemophilia etc.

(ii) Addictions including
Alcohol, Tobacco and Recreational Drugs (particularly cocaine) not only cause injury and bleeding to superficial blood vessels as a consequence of dilation but in addition interfere with normal blood platelet activity increasing the time needed for blood clot formation.

(iii) Nose Scaring
As a result of previous trauma to nose or nose breakage. A scar (or cicatrix) can result in weakened superficial blood tissue around its edges.

(iv) High Blood Pressure
Which exerts a continual, abnormally high pressure on your circulatory system.

(v) Mental Stress / Tension
Stress increases the metabolic rate causing hormone surges, exhaustion, tension, headaches, irritability, aggression and hypertension.

1st Aid for Anterior (frontal) nose bleed (this covers 90% of nose bleed situations)

  1. Don't panic. Keep calm. It is unlikely to be life threatening
  2. Sit upright
  3. Lean head slightly forward (Not backwards as this can cause choking or not too forward as this can encourage flow)
  4. Do not swallow blood, if blood flows down the throat spit it out. (Swallowing blood will make you feel nauseous and will later induce a bout of vomiting resulting in straining.)
  5. Breath through the mouth
  6. Remove any dentures.
  7. Pinch the soft part of the nose continuously for 10 mins. (between the tip and the bridge)
  8. Apply a cold compress to the back of the neck. This will also reinforce the slight forward tilt of the head. (Not the forehead as the head tends to tilt backwards in an effort to maintain the compress in position or the nose itself as it will be more difficult to maintain nasal pressure with a compress in place)
  9. Repeat the above twice more and if the bleeding has not ceased seek medical advice. (ie a total time duration of 30 mins)
  10. Do not pack the nostrils with cotton wool or similar.

Homeopathy Treatment for Neurofibroma

A genetic disorder, neurofibromatosis is a condition that targets the nervous system. Characterized by dark skin patches and tumors on the nerves, the condition ranges in severity. While the exact symptoms of the condition depend on the type, common symptoms include skin changes, bone deformities, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, poor balance and intense pain.

Neurofibromatosis, also called as von Recklinghausen’s disease, is a genetically inherited disease of nerve tissue. It causes tumors to grow on nerves (neurofibromas) that lie on or under the skin anywhere in the body. It affects the development and growth of nerve cell tissues. The tumors are usually benign (non cancerous). Even so, in some cases they can be disfiguring. They tend to grow in many numbers and varying size, over the period of years.

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is nervous system disease that causes skin defects and tumors on nerve tissues. It can also lead to other problems. The condition usually worsens over time. Although there is no known cure, treatment can help control symptoms.

The nerve tissue tumors begin in cells that protect nerves. These tumors can vary in size and occur anywhere in the body, including the skin, inner ear, brain, and spinal cord. Most are not cancerous, although some may turn cancerous over time.

The most common type of tumor is called a neurofibroma. This is a noncancerous growth that usually develops on or under the skin. The other common type of tumor is called a Schwannoma. These growths form in cells that help insulate nerves.

NF is a genetic disorder. Genetic disorders are caused by changes (mutations) in genes. They usually run in families.

Types of Neurofibromatosis:

There are two types of neurofibromatosis:-

NF1- It is most common type of neurofibromatosis. It is caused by the mutation of the chromosome 17 affecting 1 in every 2,500-4,000 births. It mainly affects peripheral nerves associated with café-au-lait spots on the skin. Café-au-lait spots are light brown in color like coffee in milk. It is also known as von Recklinghausen disease.

NF2- It is rare type of neurofibromatosis. It is caused by the mutation of the chromosome 22 affecting 1 in every 25,000. It mainly affects VIII cranial nerve (auditory-vestibular nerve) which passes information from inner ear to the brain. It causes hearing loss, ringing in ear and problem with balance.

Causes:

Neurofibromatosis is a genetically inherited disease. If either parent has neurofibromatosis, then there are 50% chance of having the disease in their children.
Neurofibromatosis also appears in families with no previous history of the condition. It results from change (mutation) in the genetic material of the sperm or egg during the time of conception.

Neurofibromatosis Type 1

Symptoms of NF1 include:

  • harmless, flat, light brown spots (café-au-lait spots) that appear at birth or during early childhood
  • noncancerous tumors (neurofibromas) that typically grow close to the skin but may also occur deeper in the body; commonly occurs between ages 10 and 15
  • freckles in the armpit, groin, other skin folds.
  • clumps of pigment in the colored portion of the eye.
  • a tumor on the nerve that connects the eye to the brain.
  • bone or skeletal problems, such as bowed legs or curvature of the spine
  • learning disabilities, hyperactivity
  • speech and vision problems
  • headaches and seizures
  • oversized head in children
  • short stature
  • high blood pressure.

The symptoms of NF1 tend to get worse over time.

Neurofibromatosis type 2

People with this disorder typically develop slow-growing, non-cancerous tumors on a specific nerve in the brain. Early symptoms usually involve hearing and balance problems. Some people also develop cataracts. Some develop other kinds of tumors.

Symptoms of NF2 include:

  • hearing loss, often in both ears
  • ringing in the ears
  • problems with balance, dizziness
  • weakness, numbness, or tingling in an arm or leg
  • vision problems such as cataracts (clouding of the eye's natural lens)
  • facial numbness
  • problems with speech and swallowing
  • frequent and persistent headaches
  • seizures.

Schwannomatosis

This disorder causes tumors on nerves of the brain and spinal cord and nerves in the arms and legs. Symptoms include intense pain that can occur in anywhere in the body. The pain is caused by tumors pressing on nerves or tissue. Numbness or tingling in the fingers and toes can also occur.

Prevention

NF occurs when a gene suddenly changes. Right now, there is no way to prevent this disease. With NF1 and NF2, a parent with an abnormal gene has a 50% chance of passing it on to each of his or her children. Tests can be performed during pregnancy to determine whether a fetus carries the defective gene.

Treatments:

Treatment for NF depends on
Most of the time it does not need treatment but if the tumors are painful, disfiguring, growing and compressing the adjacent tissues may need treatment.
Surgery: Large tumor may be removed surgically. Chances of growth of tumor at the same place, after the surgery, are very high. The doctor may remove a tumor and also treat bone abnormalities by surgical means.
Radiation: Radiotherapy is used to shrink tumors.
Chemotherapy: Some drugs are useful in treating tumors.
Counseling - Some patient and family members may experience emotional or psychological issues (sadness, shock, anger, frustration, embarrassment etc.) as a result of neurofibromatosis. They become isolated and withdraw themselves from the society. They may have emotional setback about their appearance.
Family counseling and genetic counseling may help people with neurofibromatosis to be comfortable with themselves and their family members.

Neurofibromatosis Type 1

Tumors: Surgery may remove painful or disfiguring growths. However, tumors may grow back and in greater numbers.
Optic tumors: Treatment options include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. It can be difficult to remove these growths. Surgery may harm vision.
Curvature of the spine: Surgery or a back brace may be used.
Cancerous tumors: These are rare. Treatment options include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
Headache and epileptic seizures: Medication can help.
Children with NF1 should have a thorough neurological exam before entering school because of the higher-than-average risk for learning disabilities. Parents and teachers of children already in school should watch for learning problems.

Neurofibromatosis Type 2

Surgery, radiation, and monitoring are the three main treatment approaches.

Surgery: There are several surgical options for removing growths and cataracts, as well as for other eye problems.
Radiation: A special type of surgery that uses radiation is an option in some cases. Radiation can help limit a tumor's growth.
Monitoring: For some patients, it may be best to simply follow the growth of tumors until treatment is needed. This is called active surveillance. Patients with NF2 should have an annual neurological checkup. It is also wise to get thorough eye and hearing exams each year.

Schwannomatosis

Surgery to remove tumors can help ease pain, although the pain may return if new tumors form. Specialized doctors can help with pain management.

Homeopathic approach for Neurofibromatosis:

At Life Force we have treated several cases of Neurofibromatosis. We have observed that this disease cannot be cured with homeopathy. In a few cases we have observed that the growth in size and number remains under control, using homeopathy; which takes many years of treatment. However, we do not have a huge study. We usually do not recommend homeopathy for Neurofibromatosis.

Homeopathic Treatment for Nasal Polyps

What is Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are small, sac-like growths made up of inflamed tissue lining the nose (nasal mucosa).

Polyps occur due to chronic inflammation in the lining of the nose. Although the reason for this chronic inflammation is not clear but polyps tend to occur more in those who suffer from chronic nasal problems like sinusitis , chronic colds , asthma and nasal allergies. Chronic inflammation causes the blood vessels in the lining of the nose to become more porous, causing them to accumulate lot of water in the cells. When over a period of time gravitational force acts on these heavy water-laden mucous lining, polyps develop.

Causes

Nasal polyps start near the ethmoid sinuses (located at the top of the inside of the nose) and grow into the open areas. Large polyps may block the airway.

Having any of the following conditions may make people more likely to get nasal polyps

  • Asthma
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
  • About one in four people with cystic fibrosis have nasal polyps.

Immune deficiency

The most common immune deficiency is IgA deficiency. IgA is the immune protein that helps to protect the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract from infections. 1 in 300 people have an immune deficiency but a significantly higher percentage of chronic sinusitis sufferers have IgA deficiency. Classically recurring acute sinus infections rather than chronic sinus infections are indicative of immune deficiency but the distinction between the two is sometimes blurred. If a patient has recurring sinus and ear infections as well as a history of pneumonia, then serious consideration should be given to an immune deficiency evaluation.

Symptoms of Nasal Polyps

  • Blocked nose.
  • Frequent sinus infections.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Patient breathes through the mouth.
  • Thick nasal discharge.
  • Post nasal drainage (drainage from nose down the throat).
  • Pain and tenderness over forehead and face.
  • Heavy snoring at night.
  • Loss of sense of smell and taste.
  • Frequent nose bleeds.

Homeopathic Treatment for Nasal Polyps

Homoeopathy is strongly recommended for management of Nasal Polyps, especially when they are small in size. Timely administered Homoeopathic medicines offer promising results and help avoid surgery, as well as its inherent complications.
Homeopathic remedies are unique and effective that will shrink your existing Polyps, prevent recurrence, treat the bleeding and pain associated with the Polyps, reduce swelling of the mucous membranes, reduce itching and tickling within the nostrils, prevent mouth breathing and snoring. homeopathy believes in treating the patient and not just the disease.
Homeopathic treatment can remove the underlying cause for the allergic tendency and eliminate sinus problems completely. Homeopathic drugs are non-habit forming and have no addictive characteristics. homeopathy has an exceptional proven safety record with the FDA with 200 years of clinical effectiveness. Since it treats in totality, it leads to a permanent long-lasting cure, rather than a temporary suppression of symptoms.

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